One of the earliest known examples
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'External Bonnet-Latch Roadster
Chassis no. 875053
Engine no. R1101-9
3,781cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
3 SU Carburetors
265bhp at 5,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*One of the earliest known E-Types
*Exquisite restoration by marque experts
*Known history from new ordered at the 1961 Paris Salon
*Original, numbers matching engine and head
*Offered with Jaguar documentation, tools, and Shelley bottle jack
THE JAGUAR E-TYPE
When introduced at the 1961 Geneva Salon, Jaguar's E-Type stirred passions with its extremely sleek and timeless design backed by staggering performance. The newcomer's design owed much to that of the racing D-Type. Indeed, the E-Type would be one of the last great sports cars developed directly from a successful competition ancestor.
Just as in the D-Type, a monocoque tub formed the main body/chassis structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8-liter, triple-carbureted, 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. With a claimed 265 horsepower on tap, the E-Type's performance furthered the standards set by the preceding XK models: firstly, because it weighed around 500lbs less than the XK150 and secondly because aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer used experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car.
Developed from that of the original XK120 sports car and refined in the racing D-Type, the double wishbone, independent front suspension was mounted on the forward sub frame. At the rear the E-Type's suspension broke new ground for a large-capacity sports car, being independent at a time when most of its major rivals relied on the traditional live rear axle. Dunlop disc brakes were fitted to all four wheels; those at the rear being mounted inboard alongside the differential to reduce un-sprung weight.
Often called the most beautiful production car of all time, the E-Type remains an automotive icon of design, engineering and speed.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
This extremely early, very desirable, and hard to find external bonnet-latch, flat-floor E-Type Roadster was ordered new at the 1961 Paris Salon by Maclean's magazine editor Ralph Allen. The magazine is named as the first registered owner. The Opalescent Bronze Roadster was dispatched from the factory on June 9th, 1961 and exported to Canada. Chassis No. 875053 is the 53rd E-Type Roadster constructed, and the 27th left hand drive example, making it one of the earliest E-Types exported to North America. The early Jaguar Registry also notes that Chassis No. 875053 is the fourth earliest car produced that has been located by the Jaguar Register.
The ownership history of Chassis No. 875053 is known from new and is as follows:
1st Owner - Ralph Allen, Macleans Magazine Editor, who purchased the car at the Paris Salon
2nd Owner - William Roy Foster, who acquired the car in the late 1970's
3rd Owner - Eric Trembley, who acquired the car in 2002 from William Roy Foster's estate
4th Owner Consignor, a prominent collector and Jaguar enthusiast who acquired the car in 2011
Under the ownership of its third caretaker, Eric Trembley, Chassis No. 875053 underwent a fully documented, 8-year nut and bolt restoration, where every aspect of the vehicle was meticulously brought back to pristine condition. Noted Jaguar specialist Martyn Izod was entrusted with the restoration. On file are stacks of invoices and photos of the car during the various stages of the 8-year process, documenting the extreme level to which the car was restored. Martyn would complete about 80% of the restoration before Eric had the car shipped to the experts at RM Restoration of Ontario, Canada. It was there that the restoration of Chassis No. 875053 was completed. The car has all of its impossible to find early E-Type bits, such as the carburetor banjo fittings, skinny trunk hinges, early radio, flange-less axle hubs, windshield surround stainless caps, etc. During the restoration, the car was upgraded with a 4 core aluminum radiator, modern rotors and calipers, and the Moss non-sincro transmission was replaced with a new Borg-Warner T5 all very common and desirable modifications that are completely removable and can be taken back to stock spec if so desired. The Roadster was finished in the stunning combination of Opalescent Blue over a Biscuit interior, protected by a Fern Grey top. On file are receipts, invoices, and thorough photo documentation of the cars restoration with a total cost for the work entering the realm of $200,000. Since the completion of the restoration, the car has traveled less than 550 miles. In 2011, the car was entered into its first and only event, the national Jaguar Concours. At the event the car took 1st place, receiving a Jaguar Club of North America official judging score of 99.50 out of 100 possible points. In search of absolute perfection, the consignor has recently brought Chassis No. 875053 to his own trusted Jaguar restorer to have the car gone through with a fine tooth comb, further enhancing the car's correctness and level of detail. While there, the car received a full service as well as an exterior and interior detailing at a cost of nearly $10,000. All of the cars features and functions are said to operate flawlessly, including the original radio. The recent sorting has left the car in absolutely stunning condition, worthy of the world's most prestigious show fields.
This Series 1 exterior bonnet-latch E-Type, which retains its original engine, is one of the finest in existence. Featuring the initial, purest iteration of the famed E-Type styling, this Roadster contains the prized features unique to the earliest examples produced (of which this is), including the exterior bonnet-latches, welded louvers, and flat floors. All of these features were later abandoned in the name of practicality and production costs, and make this a particularly notable, rare example of one of the world's most iconic sports cars. Accompanying the car is a complete tool kit & wrap, the exceedingly rare Shelley bottle jack, Jaguar documentation, and a Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate. Unquestionably one of the earliest and most desirable examples of the breed, Chassis No. 875053 is a must have for any serious collector.